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  • Gov.UK Verify Authentication Scheme Slammed by NAO

    March 5, 2019

    National Audit Office heavily criticises government authentication scheme, which it says has fallen well below target The Gov.UK Verify authentication platform used across different government departments has been criticised by the National Audit Office (NAO). The NAO report said that the identity verification scheme has fallen well short of its target of 25 million users by 2020. Indeed it ...

  • Chinese hackers use phishing emails to target engineering, transport and defence companies

    March 4, 2019

    High-profile organisations in engineering, transportation and defence industries, particularly with links to the maritime sector, are being targeted by a state-backed Chinese hacking operation, according to security company researchers. The cyber-espionage campaign has been detailed by security company FireEye, which has labelled the group Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) 40 — or, more colloquially, Periscope. The group has ...

  • Wiltshire police chief ‘was unaware ex-spy Sergei Skripal lived in Salisbury’

    March 3, 2019

    The police chief whose officers responded to the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal has admitted he had no idea the former spy was living in Salisbury. Kier Pritchard, chief constable of Wiltshire, has demanded he be told of any other VIPs who could be at risk. The poisoning happened a year ago, hours before Mr Pritchard ...

  • Faslane nuclear fears after 500 ‘significant’ safety alerts at Trident sub base in a year

    March 3, 2019

    More than 500 “significant” health and safety incidents were recorded at the Faslane nuclear submarine base last year, the Sunday Mail can reveal. Documents released to the SNP under Freedom of Information for the Royal Navy facility near Helensburgh, in Dunbartonshire, show the figure has almost quadrupled since 2014. Last year, there were 481 health and safety incidents at ...

  • More than 50 missing after oil pipeline explosion in Nigeria

    March 2, 2019

    More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said on Saturday. The blast early on Friday caused massive oil spillage in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state, the Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, told the Associated Press. The Nembe trunk line is ...

  • The Army wants mobile nuclear reactors for FOBs, but some scientists say that’s ‘naive’

    March 2, 2019

    The Army wants to bring back mobile nuclear reactors to power forward bases and is asking industry how to make that happen. A collection of scientists that closely monitor nuclear issues thinks that the concept is “naive,” dangerous and describes the chances for the current technology to accomplish what the Pentagon wants as “vanishingly small.” In January, the Pentagon’s ...

  • OPCW Issues Fact-Finding Mission Report on Chemical Weapons Use Allegation in Douma, Syria, in 2018

    March 1, 2019

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands —1 March 2019—The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), issued today the final report on the FFM’s investigation regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic, on 7 April 2018. The FFM’s activities regarding this allegation included on-site visits ...

  • Gardaí find weapons and explosives in follow-up search in Co Louth

    March 1, 2019

    Gardaí targeting dissident republicans have uncovered a significant cache of explosives and arms along the border, in what is the second linked operation since the start of February. The operation involved gardaí from the Louth Division and officers from specialist anti-terrorism and firearms units. A controlled explosion of some of the material discovered was conducted by an ...

  • Retail industry endures new point-of-sale cybercrime spree

    March 1, 2019

    Researchers have uncovered an ongoing campaign against retail VMWare Horizon Point-of-Sale (PoS) thin clients. The new attack wave, which has taken place over the past eight to ten weeks, is attempting to spread Cobalt Strike, a legitimate penetration testing tool which has also, unfortunately, been adopted in recent years by threat actors. According to researchers from Morphisec, Cobalt Strike — ...

  • Russia limits operations of foreign communications satellite operators

    March 1, 2019

    This week, the Russian government has published a document outlining new rules that limit foreign communications satellite operators inside the country. According to a copy of the document, the Russian government will require all foreign communications satellite companies to pass all incoming traffic through a ground gateway station. This means satellite operators won’t be able to beam communications ...

  • Brussels Airport failed to spot bomb belt security test

    February 28, 2019

    “On 1 October last year, I was asked to try to pass the security checkpoint with a fake bomb belt”, said the mystery passenger, HLN reports. “The belt looked very credible, with wires, a detonator and a substance that had the same density as real explosives,” added the passenger. When being searched, the passenger pretended to be a ...

  • The Changing Dynamics of Islamist Terrorism in Philippines

    February 28, 2019

    A suicide attack was conducted at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Jolo on January 27, 2019. It was a two-stage attack – the first improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the middle of the church and the second at the church’s entrance. This attack took the lives of at least 20 ...

  • Egypt train station fire: At least 20 dead and dozens injured following blaze

    February 27, 2019

    At least 20 people have been killed and 40 people have been injured in a fire at a railway station in Cairo, according to state media. The head of Cairo Railroad hospital, Mohammed Said, who previously confirmed 10 deaths said the number of dead at the main station in the Egyptian capital was expected to rise. The ...

  • Montreal-based UN aviation agency tried to cover up 2016 cyberattack, documents show

    February 27, 2019

    In November 2016, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was hit by the most serious cyberattack in its history, and internal documents obtained by CBC suggest key members of the team that should have prevented the attack tried to cover up how badly it was mishandled. As the United Nations body that sets standards for civil ...

  • Russia’s FSB thwarts IS terror plot against GRU officers, commuter rail passengers

    February 26, 2019

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has foiled an attempt to carry out a terrorist attack on military intelligence (GRU) officers and railway passengers in Moscow that members of the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) were plotting, Kommersant reported, citing sources involved in the investigation. “One of the Islamic State leaders, Todzhiddin Nazarov (also known ...

  • New Attacks Against 4G, 5G Mobile Networks Re-Enable IMSI Catchers

    February 25, 2019

    At NDSS Symposium 2019, a group of university researchers yesterday revealed newly discovered cellular network vulnerabilities that impact both 4G and 5G LTE protocols. According to a paper published by the researchers, “Privacy Attacks to the 4G and 5G Cellular Paging Protocols Using Side Channel Information,” the new attacks could allow remote attackers to bypass security protections implemented ...


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